NM man allegedly broke into famous YouTubers’ Austin home before fatal police shooting

NM man allegedly broke into famous YouTubers\' Austin home before fatal police shooting
Police say ‘disturbed’ fan broke into YouTuber Gavin Free’s home to harm him
nWe are happy to hear that Meg and Gavin were physically unharmed after this terrifying experience with a crazed fan.

The Albequerque Journal has reported that Gavin Free and Meg Turney were victims of a home invasion in Austin, TX by a crazed fanatic. Turney and Free awoke to the sounds of breaking glass and a gunshot. They quickly hid in a closet and called 911 while Chistopher Giles searched their home brandishing a .45 caliber handgun according to a search warrant affidavit, around 3:40 a.m. on January 26. 

Christopher Giles drove eleven hours from Albuquerque, according to documents filed in the 2nd Judicial District Court. A superfan of Meg Turney with a dislike of her boyfriend, former Creative Director of Rooster Teeth, Gavin Free. “A search of Giles’ cellular phone identified various notations identifying Megan Turney and Gavin Free by name,” a detective wrote in the documents. “Furthermore, threatening thoughts were recorded by Giles and directed toward Gavin Free, i.e., ‘I want Gavin Free to die alone, with no children.’ ”

When he couldn’t find the couple, Giles left their house encountering Austin Police Department officers. The police officers found Giles backing his Lincoln sedan with New Mexico plates out of the driveway and ordered him to stop. Instead, they heard a single gunshot coming from the car. An officer returned fire.

YouTubers Meg Turney and Gavin Free Survive Home Invasion by Armed Fanatic

Christopher Giles was pronounced dead on the scene. Meg Turney and Gavine Free were physically unharmed.

Police say 'disturbed' fan broke into YouTuber Gavin Free's home to harm him
Police say ‘disturbed’ fan broke into YouTuber Gavin Free’s home to harm him

Hey everyone. I just wanted to say thanks for all the support and concern regarding the recent incident. It’s been a rough time for Meg and myself the last few weeks but we are doing ok. I want to give a huge thanks to @Austin_Police for the amazing response time.  you all.

According to a report in The Albuquerque Journal, police described Giles as: “Single, lonely and disturbed,” and said he had become infatuated with Turney via her YouTube videos.
Armed Fan Christopher Giles Invaded YouTube Couple Gavin Free, Megan Turney's House
Armed Fan Christopher Giles Invaded YouTube Couple Gavin Free, Megan Turney’s House

Thank y’all so, so much for each and every kind message today and a special thank you to the @Austin_Police for their quick response that night and their ongoing support during this difficult time. Heart you guys so much. 

Armed Fan Christopher Giles Invaded YouTube Couple Gavin Free, Megan Turney's House
Armed Fan Christopher Giles Invaded YouTube Couple Gavin Free, Megan Turney’s House

Both Austin and Albequerque Police Departments report a frightening amount of evidence that Giles planned to do harm to Free and Turney. 

Home invasion suspect targeted YouTube celebrities, police say

One detective said it was apparent that Giles had “developed a fondness of Turney yet resented Free for his lifestyle and success.” Albuquerque Police Department detectives who executed a search warrant on Christopher Giles home in Albuquerque said he lived alone and was “an avid player of video games and was known for watching YouTube videos that were centered on his hobby.”

Detectives took a laptop, two tablets, two cellphones and an Xbox console from his home.

Shacknews sends our love to both Meg and Gavin. This must have been a terrifying experience, and we are just happy that they were not physically harmed. This news is a firm reminder of how serious problems in the gaming and YouTube communities like bomb threats at eSports events, swatting, harassment, and stalking can lead to fatal consequences. It’s too late for Christopher Giles, but we can only hope that his story will prevent another sad and scary event like this from occuring.

Asif Khan is the CEO and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Tendobox.com. Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary’s Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Albuquerque man shot and killed by Austin police following an apparent home invasion was targeting the YouTube celebrities who lived there, according to court documents.

Christopher Giles, 23, drove 11 hours from New Mexico to the spot in Austin near Avenue G and 45th Street in search of Megan Turney and Gavin Free, according to a search warrant from the Albuquerque police

Documents show Giles had numerous notes on his phone about Turney — who has video blogs on anime and relationship advice — and her boyfriend, Free — who co-hosts a YouTube series featuring slow-motion videos. Apparently, Giles had “developed a fondness of Turney yet resented Free for his lifestyle and success,” according to the search warrant. Some of the notes allegedly said things like “I want Gavin Free to die alone, with no children.”

Austin police received a call on Jan. 26 from a woman who said she and her boyfriend were awakened by a gunshot and the sound of breaking glass, then heard someone enter their back door and walk around. The couple hid in their closet and stayed on the line with dispatchers. Surveillance video showed Giles enter the home, and “based on the footage seen, it was apparent that Giles’ sole intent was to cause harm to someone who resides there,” the search warrant continued.

Austin police say Giles fired both inside and outside the house, and when he fired at police, Officer Matthew Jackson returned fire. Giles died at the scene, and although the Albuquerque search warrant says his injury may have been self-inflicted, an official ruling has not been made.

Albuquerque detectives said Giles lived alone, and often played video games and watched YouTube videos. According to a search warrant, officials seized two cellphones, a laptop, two tablets and an XBox from his home a few days after he died at the home invasion scene. Police described him as “single, lonely and disturbed,” in the search warrant.

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